Monday, July 07, 2008

Figure out why (and where) others failed

Any time you share coffee, lunch or rent the brain of a successful person, you need to figure out why (and where) they FAILED.

Sure, you can ask about and learn from their successes.

But odds are, you’ll glean the most wisdom from hearing about their screw-ups.

The mistakes.
The lessons learned.
The experiences that taught them the most.

Here are some questions you can ask:

1. What was the biggest mistake you made in your first year of business?
2. What are the three biggest mistakes made by people in your industry?
3. What is the stupidest possible thing I could be doing right now?
4. If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?
5. What’s on your list of “Things I’ll Never Do Again”?
6. What things do you wish you started doing earlier?
7. Complete the following sentence: “I would have been a lot more successful had I never…”

Mistakes away!

How do you learn from your mistakes?

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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag

Never the same speech twice.
Always about approachability.

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